Sheffield Wednesday transfers made with opponents such as ‘wounded animals’ Cambridge United in mind
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The Owls head to the Abbey Stadium as big favourites and with memories of a disappointing evening last season in which they came away with a 1-1 draw.
Cambridge have lost their last three in League One and have the words of their manager Mark Bonner ringing in their ears in that they have to apply pressure on a Wednesday side that ‘have to get promoted’.
Darren Moore is taking no side lightly knows the dangers Bonner’s side possess,” he said.
“They’re probably a wounded animal and their next opportunity to bounce back is against us.
“We’ll arrive down there and the home support will be loud in their support for the home team. It’s a tight pitch and I remember us going down there last season and it was a really tight game.
“Whilst they probably won’t be happy with the last three or four results, we’re the next opponents and it’s about getting the job done.
“We have to focus and keep our mental state in terms of where we are at and what we want to achieve this season.”
On how trips to places such as Cambridge impacted the decision to bring in experienced League One pros such as Ben Heneghan, Michael Smith, Michael Ihiekwe and David Stockdale, Moore said: “In terms of the player recruited in the summer, there were elements of games like this, being on the road and showing a resilience to your game.
“Port Vale and Plymouth were two different games but we showed an appetite and we have to do that again against Cambridge.
“It’s going to be another tough game. Mark Bonner is a diligent thinker, he’s a hard working individual and he’ll have them set up.
“Last season they had a fantastic campaign having come up from League Two and barring one or two results this season that he might feel they should have done better with, they have made a strong enough start and have some good individuals in their team that we’ll have to be switched on for.”